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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1331, Portland, OR 97204

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Recommended Improvements

Current SE 162nd Street Design

Sample Street Design Option

From just south of SE Stark to Powell Blvd, the proposed project would re-stripe the roadway from five to three travel lanes (one in each direction with a center turn lane). Left and right turn pockets would be maintained at major intersections.

At 162nd Ave intersections with Mill, Lincoln, and Tibbets, where there are bus stops without traffic signals, the project would construct enhanced pedestrian crossings with median islands and marked crosswalks. The bus stops could also be upgraded with floating transit islands.

On the east side of 162nd Ave just north of Taylor St, and on the north side of Main St just west of 162nd Ave, the project would construct sidewalks to fill gaps. Pedestrian level street lighting would be installed as budget allows. 

Potential improvements to Line 74 bus stops at Division and Powell will be coordinated through the Division Transit Project and Outer Powell Project, respectively.


Other questions

Why reduce vehicle travel lanes?

Most drivers base their travel speed on what feels comfortable given the street design. The wider the road, the faster people tend to drive and, the faster the car, the more difficult it is to cross the street and the more severe the injuries resulting from a crash.

Additionally, creating a safe crossing on a 5-lane street requires beacons or traffic signals, which are expensive and can disrupt traffic flow. A 3-lane street allows for more safe crossing opportunities and more amenities like street lighting and sidewalks.

Will reducing travel lanes impact vehicle travel times? If so, how?

Yes, it is possible that vehicle travel times will be affected at certain times. Travel modeling predicts the impact to be limited only to peak travel times and generally not adding more than about a minute of time to what it takes to travel today. We believe this is a worthwhile tradeoff for a safer street.

I don’t ride the bus. Why is it important to create safe opportunities for people to ride the bus?

Public transit provides personal mobility and freedom for people from every walk of life. It’s especially important for people living on limited incomes or with physical disabilities. A number of City policies call for providing safe options for getting people to the places they need to go—including walking, taking transit, biking and driving.